Thursday
Jun262014

GIVEAWAY | Win a selection of interior design books

Today's giveaway is from French Forest Floors who create beautiful wooden flooring solutions sustainably sourced from French Forests.

To help you with a little design inspiration (and because you can never have too many interior design books) they are offering three great books featuring beautiful homes from around the globe. If you are inspired to plan your own renovation or remodelling project you can explore their artisan flooring range, which includes ash, oak and walnut, here.

The lucky winner will receive a copy of each of the following titles:

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Tuesday
Jun242014

Bedroom Makeover

Over the past few weeks we've been working on giving our bedroom a bit of a makeover - and here's the reveal! Gone are the old sludgy grey green walls and instead we've opted for a clean monochrome look (with a hint of taupe) and lots of soft textiles to add texture and comfort.

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Thursday
Jun192014

Style Notes | Wooden Flooring

I love the warm minimalism of wooden flooring and the way in which it introduces texture, grain and natural colour into a space. It's also low maintenance and easy to clean, and with its winning combination of practicality, durability and visual appeal it is both timeless and enduring.

Different types of wood have different qualities. Each has its own intrinsic natural colour and grain. So which type to choose? Here are a few pointers.

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Monday
Jun162014

Seasonal Essentials | The Summer Trench

It's Laurie here from Bell & Smokey, with the latest instalment of my fashion column. This month we're focusing on the summer trench.

If, like me, you're happy to throw on your favourite coat to disguise whatever you've thrown on underneath - a summer trench coat might be a useful addition to your wardrobe. As the weather does a volte-face from torrential rain to glorious sunshine, a light coat protects against the elements but won't leave you flustered, sticky and regetting that extra layer as soon as it brightens up.

This versatility means its hardly a surprise that trench coats are a British staple - we're hardly renowned for our blue skies - the traditional cut of a trench coat is iconic and synonymous with British fashion.

But the trench doesn't have to be conventional. Look beyond the traditional, by marrying practicality and style. This season's reincarnations of the classic include oversized and loose-fitting creations, while pastel colours and crisp whites give a summery feel.

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Friday
Jun132014

Design Hunter's Jaguar F-TYPE coupé road trip

"Why would I want to go up North?"

It's a sentiment I sometimes encounter (with a sharp intake of breath) when visiting the south of England.

"It's always raining, and anyway, what's there to see up there... really? I'd rather go abroad."

Ahem, well where to start?

I love Britain - it's landscape, it's history and of course it's design. Contrary to what certain sections of the media might have you believe, there is much to explore beyond London.

The beauty of living literally in the heart of the country, as I do being based in Warwickshire, is that it's easy to get to almost anywhere... and everywhere.

When Design Hunter was offered a Jaguar F-TYPE coupé to try out for the weekend then, the first question was of course where to go?

I broached the subject with Mr P.

"North" came back the resounding reply.

Yes, it had to be north.

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Wednesday
Jun112014

Handwoven rugs & wall hangings from Sardinia

Mio Karo is a Sardinia based project established by film director, illustrator and art director Carolina Melis, creating beautiful fine rugs and wall hangings handwoven by artisans on the island.

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Tuesday
Jun102014

Trendwatch | Tan Leather

Have you noticed how, beyond the obvious - i.e. sofas and chairs - leather, and more specifically tan leather, has been creeping into all sorts of interiors products lately?

Eleni of My Paradissi wrote a great post on 40 ways to decorate with tan leather recently, which in turn referenced another great article by Emily Henderson on how to find the perfect leather sofa.

Recent shows, exhibitions and collections have featured leather details on all kinds of products from lighting to tableware, magazine racks and even planters. It works really well with the monochrome interiors I'm loving so much right now. Maybe add in a touch of bright green foliage for some contrasting colour and natural texture.

Once I started researching products for this post, I couldn't stop, so settle down for this one, put the kettle on and enjoy the round up.

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